I’m facilitating a course at the Toronto New School of Writing this fall!
In this six-week course designed for emerging writers interested in interrogating formal strategies and discussing contemporary poetry, participants will put poems through the formal grinder. What are the strategies of “traditional” forms like the sonnet, the glosa, the lipogram? How can we make form work for – or against – the poem? Where do the Formalist and Experimental poem meet? Through readings, discussions, and their own writing, participants will explore formal constraints both historical and contemporary to shake up your ideas about what formal writing is."